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Schell's Emerald Rye - August Schell Brewing Company

Schell's Emerald RyeSchell's Emerald Rye

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BA SCORE
87
very good

128 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%


Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

We are excited to announce our latest year round- Schell’s Emerald Rye! Schell’s Emerald Rye is assertively hopped (hopped again, and again, and again, and then dry hopped) to impart a firm, dry bitterness and features the uniquely fruity, hoppy aroma of the German Emerald hop. With 60 IBU’s this lager rivals that of an IPA, but unlike an IPA we lagered it, giving this beer a crisp, smooth, clean finish on your palate. A biscuity malt foundation gives it balance and a luxurious, deep ruby color. A hint of rye enhances the subtle spiciness of the Emerald hop and complements the delicate notes of lemon and orange marmalade within the aroma. The rye also adds a layer of spicy complexity that leaves you wanting more.

60 IBU

(Beer added by: bsp77 on 07-20-2012)
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Schell's Emerald Rye Lager, August Schell Brewing Company, New Ulm, Minnesota. Best by January 3, 2013. Beyond that, no other information. Gratefully, too, no gobbledgook.

So, then, let's crack 'er open. And see what we find.

First off, what's "emerald" about it? This is no green beer. It's poetic license, the green standing for hops, maybe? It's a clear, rich, amber brew, close to crimson. Sizeable, cream-toned head sits atop, leaving lace.

Aroma: Hops are here, and grow louder with time. Grassy, grapefruity, lime and lemon, …lovely, lovely stuff.

Taste: Spicy rye malt greets the tongue first, tasting like liquid pumpernickel. Which hops are hanging on top? Can't tell, don't know, but it's keeping things tasty. Some caramel malt flavors shine through, a trickle of cocoa, traces of toffee.
Medium-bodied, but fully flavored. Sturdy mouthfeel. Solid. Absolutely solid. Soft, malty finish, hops hang in there through it all, without sticking out or making a scene.

This one's a unique effort from August Schell. It fits no particular style, and doesn't try to …there's nothing to say but, "it is how it is." And it's sessional and delicious. That fits into their wheelhouse, as people like to say these days.

Mmmm, mmm, good beer and you can drink it.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 07:37:53 | More by feloniousmonk
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've been overlooking Schells in favor of newer Minnesota breweries, but I'm trying to give more of their beers a shot. Best by 30 March 2013. Tasted 10 Feb 2013.

Pours a deep cherry-wood reddish brown. Clear, allowing me to see the thin curtain of bubbles rising up. 1.5 fingers of off-white head, dense and lasting. Relaxes to a thin layer of foam, leaving amazing lacing. Wow.

Smell is faint and warm. There are hints of something I could really like, some light spice, but I have to dig for them.

Taste starts out somewhat dull - warm and grainy - but then surges through with lovely rye spice. The middle to late part of the taste really showcases rye, bringing bright grains and deep chipper spice, about as well as any beer I've encountered. Unfortunately the rest of it doesn't measure up to that very impressive standard.

Feel is good. Medium-light body, a fuzz of carbonation that lasts throughout. This works, and helps to bring out that spice.

In general, I'm impressed with this beer. There are two pieces that really stand out - the appearance and the middle of the taste. If the rest of the beer could measure up to those two aspects, it'd be an amazing beer. Still pretty darn good as it is.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 04:30:31 | More by zeledonia
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Greggy

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a 1.5 finger pillowy off white head. Body is amber-brown, crystal clear. Lacing is present.

S- Herbal/Earthy hops, lemon, grapefruit, orange peel, spicy rye.

T- Starts off with some caramel backbone, a bit of biscuity notes and then the rye kicks in, slightly spicy. The finish takes the rye and dries in out with a nice astringent hoppiness.

M- Mouthfeel is light and spritzy. The body is silky and the long finish is enjoyable.

O- Overall, an intersting Rye beer. Not overly complex but Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 02:50:05 | More by Greggy
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another great local sent by Aaron (thanks man) poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark caramel color, off-khaki head with decent lacing and only moderate retention.

S: Spice and herbal hops, orange, citrus rind, malty and bready, some caramel and toffee.

T: Right in line with the aroma, starts with spice and rye and finishes with a flash of toffee...pretty malty and bready but also balanced with a moderate herbal hop presence and bitterness.

MF: Dry, medium body with appropriate carbonation levels...creamy, moderately bitter and dry.

O: A good rye beer for sure.

Cheers Aaron!

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 16:13:03 | More by Scotchboy
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zeff80

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark burgundy color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - Good rye bread aroma with some caramel notes.

T - Spicy upfront with rye, caramel and some toasty notes.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice rye beer. Another good brew from August Schell.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 21:24:40 | More by zeff80
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lwillitz

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into pilsner glass

A - 4+ fingers of khaki head over a transparent body of orange amber; thin trail of rising carbonation; head sticks around, lacing the glass well

S - citrus, grass, spice, fruity notes, biscuity malt, rye

T - rye bread, citrus, and spice lead in; touch of caramel sweetness and herbal hops; bittersweet (more bitter) finish with hints of rye, caramel, and citrus

M - slick, oily medium body; medium carbonation

O - a complex and well-crafted lager

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 21:25:54 | More by lwillitz
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber body with a velvety looking sand colored head of foam that is sticky and leaves plenty of lace.

Bready and toasty with earthy hops.

Bready taste and I think the rye comes through plenty here. Can definitely tell there is rye in this beer. Spicy and earthy from the rye and hops. Solid amount of hop bitterness with a touch of alcohol.

Wow, I was not expecting this mouthfeel. So pillowy soft and velvety smooth across the palate. Awesome feel.

Really impressed with this one. The taste is solid and doesn't blow you away with the bitterness. Very drinkable and the mouthfeel is just wonderful. This is a nice new beer for Schell's.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 01:45:18 | More by jera1350
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with no date into mason jar

look is a dark amber-brown, with a white sudsy head. smell is light grain, woodsy hops, and some pepper. taste is bitter and piney at first, with a lot of peppery rye at the end. heavy emphasis on the rye. medium feel is perfect.

great addition to the year-round lineup.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 09:00:08 | More by jimmah120
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Mdog

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown-amber, good head.

Smell: Rye spiciness, grass.

Taste: Sweet toffee to start then lots of rye bread. Slight citrus tingle then a bitter finish.

Overall: An interesting mix of rye and hops in a lager. A good beer, not quite in my wheelhouse, but well put together and flavorful. Glad to see Schell doing some innovative brewing from the German baseline.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 19:21:28 | More by Mdog
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yamar68

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint:

Nice copper gold body with steady, consistent beading and a dense finger or two of white froth. Decent lacing.

Obvious rye bits on the nose... earthy hops, very fresh smelling and a solid malt backbone.

Great rye and bitter hop character. Tremendous level of balance.

Easy drinking. Smooth. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 21:56:42 | More by yamar68
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jsprain1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark amber, large off white head. Head has decent retention.
S- Smell is bold enough but kind of muddled. Noble hops with some bready notes as well.
T- Clean malt flavors with some earthy and slightly piney hops. Clean and smooth flavors.
M- Medium light body. Smooth carbonation.
O- Interesting flavors and very easy drinking. This is one I could enjoy regularly.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2012 19:50:43 | More by jsprain1
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to duff27 for just giving me a bottle fo this beer to try! Thanks duff!

poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: medium amber bodied beer with 2 fingers off white head. Spotty lace.

Smell: caramel sweet malts and a touch of spicy rye!

Taste: It honestly reminds me of sam adams boston lager with a nice rye kick instead of that cereal note that I dislike. A touch of grassy hops and citrus hops in the finish. And more rye bread notes! Its a really tasty beer!

Mouthfeel: low end of medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Crisp lager feel and really drinkable.

Overall: This is a really enjoyable rye beer! Nothing crazy, but it would be an awesome beer on a hot day!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 03:09:25 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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theHoff77

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Edited 12/6/12
Poured into a pint glass. Appearance is a dark amber with a one finger head. Not much lacing.
As far as smell and taste I really only pick up on the rye. Reminds me of pumpernickel bread. Very easy to drink and it reminds me of something I'd drink in the fall and winter. This is a solid Rye beer. It has become a staple in my go to rotation due to its drinkability, quality, and affordability. Goes great with anything you eat, especially ruben sandwiches and pizza.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 03:08:35 | More by theHoff77
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Despite the rye, I am entering this as an American Amber/Red Lager, as the rye is only 10%, and really is not focused on the rye, despite the name. Edit: Of course it was changed to a Rye Beer; the style classification on here is ridiculous at times,

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint glass.

Appearance: Robust reddish amber with thick light tan head and great lacing for a lager.

Smell: Fruity and spicy, with some bread and citrus.

Taste: Strong malt backbone of dark fruit, toast, caramel and bread. Quite fruity actually. Great layer of hops on top, with straw, citrus and a great deal of spiciness (partially from the rye I am sure). Pretty bitter finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, crisp, dry finish that fits the beer very well.

Overall: This is the kind of beer the Germans should be making, if they were willing to step outside of their self imposed boxes. This is also exactly what Schell's needed to make - an "extreme" beer, but on their terms (lager, German influenced, more moderate alcohol). The Lager IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 22:50:17 | More by bsp77
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper color with a 2 finger off white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has rye, bread, and hints of orange and lemon.

The taste is an interesting combination of sweetness and bitterness. There is rye, lemon, oranges, bread, and caramel malt. A nice solid combination of flavors make this beer come together nicely balanced.

Medium bodied with average carbonation, and smooth. Nice and easy to drink. Another solid beer from August Schell Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 01:15:21 | More by hardy008
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pweis909

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amazing red color, crystal clear, with thin head.
Slight metallic aroma; no strong beer smells.
Bitter taste, something different noticed. Rye? Light sweetness balance. With slight grapefruit bitterness in the finish. For not smelling like much, there are some interesting things going on in this beer.
Mouth feel has slick character, but not overly so. Light carbonation prickles the mouth to give a crisp finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 02:58:11 | More by pweis909
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herman77

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear dark amber/light brown with a small off white head.

S: Toasted carmel malt, mild earthy hops and a bit of that rye spice coming through.

T: Nice balance of hops, malt and spice. Some hop bitterness lets itself known at first, then some mild rye spiciness comes. A nice toasted carmel malt backbone all the way through. Nice crisp finish.

M: Lighter body. Average carbonation. Nothing too special here, but not bad.

O: A delicious hoppy lager with a nice mild rye kick to it. Great drinkability. Glad to see that this will be year round.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 22:51:12 | More by herman77
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budgood1

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a clear darkened amber colour with a huge frothy light tan head. froth reduces slowly to some very chunky and festive lace. slightly spicy hop aroma with house yeast aroma. very slight hints of malts and rye spice. things pick up again upon tasting....very formidable hop and rye spice are front and center on the tongue. base malt provides a toasted bread foundation which provides the rest of the profile to shine. i'm surprised at how hop forward this is...lots of herbal spice and hints of citric bite really liven things up. it certainly is all of 60 IBU's. quite a bitter finish. no real hint of the high ABV...in a lagered beer it should be more prevalent, and maybe is intertwined in the hop and rye spice, although it is a bit of a belly warmer. yummy stuff. emerald rye is a medium bodied, with a typical lagerish mouthfeel that is pumped a bit by the tongue tingling bitterness. this has a nice drinkability....it's certainly not slammable due to the ABV.

overall a very tasty treat from Schell brewery. they have done it again. definitely one to seek out if you like rye beers and spicy hops. delicious. highly recomended.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 22:10:35 | More by budgood1
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joshcmn

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on twelve pack of this for $11.99 and excited to try this new beer from Schell's.

A - Mohagany hued body, 1/2" slowly dissapating white head with decent lacing.

S - Rye and slight tropical fruit.

T - Bitter hops, rye, more bitter hops which accentuate the spicyness from the rye, then very slight alcohol (for a 6.2 ABV) before palate is wiped mostly clean by the lager yeast leaving some of the hop oils on your tongue.

M - Carbonation is just right, relatively thin but not watery. Finish is clean with a lingering but not overpowering bitterness.

O - I am really enjoing this beer. It's basically an IPA/Lager cross and Schell's has done a nice job with this one. I don't think I've ever had a beer quite like this one but that's a good thing in this case. I've been consistently impressed with the quality of the beers coming out of Schell's this past year. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 07:10:33 | More by joshcmn
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Body is a reddish brown with good clarity. Big off-white head is well-retained.
S: Aroma starts malty and fruity, with some mustiness and sharp noble hops in there.
T: Contrary to some reports, the rye is very obvious. Brown malt is light, with bitter pine and citrus flavors standing out. A spicy rye kick shows up midway, followed by a sharp hoppy bitterness that carries through the lengthy finish.
M: Feel is surprisingly soft, with medium-low carbonation and a lighter body.

The heavy hop and rye combination provides plenty to contemplate here. Nice to have a local beer of this variety available in 6-packs. Schell’s might not always be high on style, but the substance is there. I’ll be drinking plenty of this.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 03:04:12 | More by GeezLynn
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Freshness dating reads
121012
049499

A= Pours a translucent deep amber sort of brown color wiht a nice looking finger of off white head that holds steady retention and lacing on the glass.

S= For Schell's I would say this smells really nice. A good hop character that is interplayed with a litte rye. I was expecting to be underwhelmed but this actually doesn't smell too bad. A nice light aroma but you can for sure get hops and rye.

T= The taste similar to the smell is a nice mix of rye and hops. It starts with a nice bitter hop punch before some spicy darker rye comes in to take it over. Both components are there and both let themselves be known. This is actually really good.

M= Nice carbonation. It's not overpowering which I was a little worried Schell's may do.

O= What the hell has Schell's done now. I've always respected them as sort of a nice into to craft beer. They make a nice mix pack for someone who may want to dabble. This on the other had is among the best ryes I've ever had. It isn't quite as outstanding as Summit's unchained rye but it is definitally up there in tastyness. I think of it as sort of the Unchained Rye only a little more clean.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 03:59:37 | More by jjanega08
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fizzy

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh my gosh!!! This is from a small ancient, craft brewer in central Minnesota? This is the same brewer that was spared destruction during the Sioux War of the 1860s because the Indians had no beef with the Schell family. What a history, and now to complement they year round offering with Emerald Rye. There is nothing more to say about this brew except EXCELLENT.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 17:44:39 | More by fizzy
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big four finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A good scent of rye spice and earthy hops upfront. Hints of citrus orange and lemon. Malts with good hints of toasted bread, biscuit, caramel, and toffee. Even smells a little dank with some earthy pine resin. Kind of smells like a spicy IPA with a big toasted malt background. Pretty good.

Taste: Like the smell indicates, a spicy and hoppy start with a bready finish. Big taste of rye spices and earthy hops up front along with some notes of oranges, and lemon. Some light pine resin adds to the rye spice. Midway comes a big bready taste of malts with notes of biscuit, toast, caramel, and toffee. Even picking up a subtle hint of dark fruits. Complex and very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and very smooth. Finishes somewhat dry.

Overall: A pretty impressive take on a rye beer. Great balance of spices, hoppy bitterness, and malt sweetness. Glad to have this as a new year round option.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 04:29:04 | More by MattyG85
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear red color. The head is one inch of off white foam that recedes slowly leaving a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of toasty caramel, hints of cherry, a little bit of spice, and some nice floral hops. This is a pleasant and complex aroma. The taste is a bit firmer than the aroma with a sharp, but not overpowering bitterness. In fact, the bitterness is very well integrated into the malty, caramely, spicy flavors that are the core of the flavor. Like the aroma there is a ton of complexity going on here. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a really good beer that is going to become part of my regular rotation. Great job Schell's!

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 23:09:13 | More by KarlHungus
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I rarely pick up a sixer of something untested by my tongue anymore, but Schell's? A rye? I'm in for six, easy. 12 oz. bottle poured up.

First, it's not green, which is a bonus. Middling dark red, & yes, it has bubbles. Smell is a nice blend of warm rye, lager yeast, & fresh bread.

Emerald Rye slings serious rye. Both ends of the rye spectrum are represented: a lovely rye zing coupled with that damp spring earth. The lagering pings gently in the middle before getting overrun by rye toast & a scorch of bitterness that closes like Joe Nathan. The peppery rye up front, unassuming lager, & hop prod form a gentle riot of yummy. It's been four minutes & I think half the bottle is gone.

Ridiculous. This is a front-line rye beer that delivers a stunning combination to the palate. This might just become my fishing beer for the rest of the summer. Superb in its excellence.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 02:33:11 | More by maximum12
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Schell's Emerald Rye from August Schell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.